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The paper industry and its innovators have shaped the Fox Cities for generations. Explore the rich history and marvel at the ongoing innovations of papermaking at these historical, recreational, and educational stops.
Wisconsin still leads the nation in papermaking, and the industry and its innovators are interwoven into the fabric of our region. Get a glimpse at the power of paper across the Fox Cities.
Paper Discovery Center
Explore the world of papermaking at the Paper Discovery Center in Appleton. From taking in the sights and smells of typical mills to learning about life before disposable diapers and toilet paper to making a piece of paper in the lab, you'll leave the center with an appreciation for the industry and its innovators. Situated on the banks of the Fox River in an original mill, you'll also witness how these companies harnessed the power of the river to change the world, one paper product at a time.
Historic Neenah Walking Tour
As the paper industry boomed, paper company executives ("paper barons") built exquisite residences and mansions along Wisconsin Avenue and the shore of Lake Winnebago in Neenah. To this day, these mansions remain impeccably maintained and, a majority, still privately owned. A walk through this historic neighborhood is one of the most beautiful in the Fox Cities. Get your walking guide at Future Neenah, Neenah Historical Society, or our FCCVB office.
Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass
The Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, appropriately nestled in the papermaking Fox Cities, features the world's largest collection of glass paperweights, as well as many traveling exhibits throughout the year. It is housed in the only paper baron mansion open to the public along the Historic Neenah Walking Tour. Hands-on workshops and classes offer you, your family, or your team the opportunity to try a hand at the art of glassmaking.
Fox Cities Paper Trail
By bike or foot, the approximately 50-mile Fox Cities Paper Trail loops through 11 communities and connects 20-plus area parks throughout the Fox Cities. A project of Fox Cities Greenways, this “emerald necklace” of green spaces circles the Fox Cities and has provided a frame for communities with ongoing trail construction and linkage. From bustling downtowns to riverside views to historical landmarks, this trail treats you, whether biking or walking, to treasures across the Fox Cities.